Lieut. G. Mein. H.M. 13th Regt. Infantry.
[London, John Murray, 1843.]
Lithograph. 222 x 152mm (8¾ x 6").
George Mein (1815-1896) in Afghan dress, smoking a hookah. A portrait from Vincent Eyre's 'Portraits of the Kabul Prisoners', from an original drawing made during Eyre's captivity in Afghanistan after the Retreat from Kabul during the 1st Afghan War (1838-1842). Mein joined the Army as an ensign and was promoted to lieutenant in 1839. He served during the 1st Afghan War (1839-1842) with the 13th (1st Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot. Present at the capture of Ghazni fort, he was wounded in the forehead by a spent bullet during the advance on Kabul. During the subsequent retreat of General Elphinstone's force from the Afghan capital he was taken prisoner at Tezeen on 8 January 1842, released in September. He was promoted to captain in 1846 and major in 1854, he eventually retired as a major-general in 1878.
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